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Court and Livery Dinner
onboard HQS Wellington, July 2015

Makers of Playing Cards - Court & Livery Dinner, July 2015

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"HMS Wellington was a Grimsby-class sloop, formerly of the Royal Navy. During the Second World War she served as a convoy escort ship in the North Atlantic. She is now moored here at Victoria Embankment, at Temple Pier, as the headquarters ship of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners where she is known as HQS Wellington.

It was always the ambition of the founding members of the company to have a livery hall. Up to the outbreak of war in 1939, various proposals were examined. After the war, it became apparent that the possibility of building a hall in the City of London had been rendered very remote. In 1947 the Grimsby-class sloop Wellington was made available by the Admiralty. The company decided to buy her with money subscribed by the members and convert her to a floating lively hall - an appropriate home for a company of seafarers.

Built at Devonport in 1934, HMS Wellington served in the Pacific mainly on station in New Zealand and China before the Second World War. As built Wellington mounted two 4.7 inch guns and one 3-inch gun. Additionally, anti-aircraft guns were fitted for self-defence. Depth charges for use against submarines were carried. Wellington served primarily in the North Atlantic on convoy escort duties. She shared in the destruction of one enemy U-boat and was involved in Operation Cycle.

The Company is grateful to the Master Mariner and the Hon. Society of Master Mariners for their kind permission to dine aboard HQS Wellington."

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Court and Partners Dinner
onboard HQS Wellington, May 2013

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